align (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

align=" { center | char | justify | left | right } "

Description

The align attribute can be used to override the default horizontal alignment of text inside table cells contained inside the tbody. On the assumption that th (table headers) have been used inside the thead area, and td elements have been used for table body data, the default alignment ranges the text to the left. By applying the align attribute to the tbody, you could change that alignment, for example, to "center" or "right" (as shown in the example HTML).

Example

This tbody will set all text inside the nested td elements to align to the right:

<table summary="Interest Rates" width="400" border="1">
  <caption>Interest Rates</caption>
  <thead>
    <tr>
      <th>Account Type</th>
      <th>Interest Rate</th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody align="right">
    <tr>
      <td>Smart</td>
      <td>From 2%</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>Young Saver</td>
      <td>From 1.6%</td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

Value

The recognized attribute values are as shown in the syntax section.

Compatibility

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In the browsers tested, "left", "right", "center", and "justify" alignments are all honored, but the "char" value, which is used alongside the char and charoff attributes, is ignored by all (or incorrectly deciphered as "center").

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